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The Genetics Area Program prepares graduates for teaching and research careers in genetics. The curriculum provides broad, individual training tailored to the career objectives of the student.

Degrees Offered

Genetics, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One or more courses in each of the following: organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics (calculus and statistics), physics, introductory genetics
  • Research experience highly desirable
  • Broad background in biology

Note: Deficiencies in the subjects listed can be remedied after admission.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type  Verbal+Quantitative  Analytical
GRE 302 4.5

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Genetics Area Program

  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
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